The eight-speed has a short, wide electronic knob that you rock forward and back. It was slow to shift, causing us to have to short shift on corner exit in order to turn a faster time. A 900-watt Harmon Kardon sound system is now an option on most models. The 300 doesn't drive or feel small at all, but it has a big-car charm without the usual body roll and mushy, pitchy body motions; steering is secure on center--in the sense that you could truly eat up the highway miles--and while it's not at all enthusiastic in feel it loads up nicely off center. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-7700.
As Kelsey Mays detailed in an , Chrysler redesigned its 300 full-size sedan for the 2011 model year, bringing the car up to date in all ways except one: Its automatic transmission continued as a five-speed. Currently, all V-8-equipped 300s are only available with a five-speed automatic. The S trim also comes with 20-inch bright aluminum wheels accented with gloss-black pockets. As for the back seat, it you might need to duck your head to get in, and knee room is limited, but once back they feel like spacious quarters--and thinner roof pillars and larger glass areas brighten up the interior. Car sales only accounted for… This forum topic comes courtesy of member Turtle-Power, who wants to know what engines are overhyped. The affected vehicles may have improperly sized terminal crimps on the seat side-airbag wiring harness which may cause the seat side-airbags to malfunction and illuminate the airbag warning light.
Standard features include a full complement of front and side airbags, active head restraints and the required antilock brakes and electronic stability system. The headlight clusters incorporate black bezels. We also noticed a glitch where the center display would indicate that the transmission was in a different gear than it was actually in. The 300 has the usual airbags and electronic traction controls. The cupholders hide under a roll-away tambour; the center console hides a usefully deep well, and there's a nicely sized bin in the console ahead of the shifter.
Seventeen- through 19- inch rims are also available across the lineup. The 300S adds sport leather front seats; shift paddles; piano black trim; and performance tires. Now 2012 brings the addition of a new in place of the previous five-speed for Limited and S V-6 models the five-cogger carries over in base 300s for now. From dead on, the rear end's vertical-tube taillamps have never glowed as expensively. We had to move the seat up as far as we could in order to see out, but we found that our head kept hitting the ceiling. A five-speed automatic swaps out for a new eight-speed transmission on some versions.
For all the special effects and explosions, underneath it all was a film that was lacking. And you might see even better real-world numbers with the V-8 if you can keep your right foot light, thanks to cylinder deactivation. I'll devote this review to our impressions of the new transmission and the line's new top trim level, called S, and to clarifying the baffling combination of available drivetrains and trim levels. Chrysler will renotify the affected owners, and dealers will update the software again. Pertinent impressions based on this experience: They make the car look sinister, and the Beats by Dr. Contemporary Interior The 300S' exclusive interior design is nicely done. Wood trim swaps out for a carbon-fiber look on some versions, while others wear a more naturally finished wood that's modern and elegant.
The S models add a few more elegance to the line-up Better equipped Two engine options Is still not as impressive as the competitors. I think the steering and braking feel has improved over the 300's previous generation, but there's still room for improvement. The cockpit doesn't look so plain anymore, with its timepiece-faced gauges. Also, one of our editors pointed out that the navigation's maps and menus are lower in resolution than the Uconnect Touch system as a whole. There's never been any excuse for this kind of behavior, but as transmissions have added more and more gears, it's seemed automakers have often taken their eyes off the basics.
And based on our experience with this combination, that's optimistic. The automaker sold 126,185 vehicles, which makes last month the company's best October sales result since 2007. However, this car comes with a touring suspension; if you choose the V-8 version of the 300S, you'll get a performance-tuned suspension, which is sure to ride more firmly. The 300S lacked the refined, quality, and excitement that makes a good car great. You will easily notice that the 300S is not the less powerful nor the most powerful model on the market.
The was first shown at the New York Auto Show back in 2003 and it was one of the best looking vehicles on the road. The base Chrysler 300 sports a 292-horsepower version of the company's new mainstay Pentastar 3. Dre audio technology — the best standard audio system period. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Click for a full list. If you don't like it, however, Chrysler's Mopar division offers a bunch of different grille designs and finishes. Note: On October 19, 2016 Chrysler identified some previously repaired vehicles did not receive the complete software updates.
Overall dimensions haven't changed much from the first generation, but the back seat feels more spacious--mostly because thinner roof pillars and larger glass areas brighten up the interior. The new eight-speed automatic is currently only available with the 3. The 2012 Chrysler 300 has an excellent set of safety credentials--including all the usual airbags and electronic traction controls. And with the Chrysler team working with Dr. Now for 2012, the V-6-powered 300 offers a new eight-speed automatic. Some sporty 300S models, as well as all lux-trim 300C models can be fitted with a 5. It also earned five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Suave's the word, not showy. For 2012, the new S trim level becomes the 300's top version, joining the base and Limited trims. Not only does this gearbox exhibit quicker shifts than its predecessor, it helps the 300S achieve better fuel economy. You'll find plenty of places to hide things in the 300's cabin. I am an avid sports fan and I'm frequently on the highway driving from stadium to stadium and this car just eats up the road while giving 4 or 5 occupants the most comfort for dollar of any vehicle on the road today.